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Kate Pairs White D&G with Zara at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry and other senior royals this evening at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The presentation celebrated the Queen's 90 years via performances and narration that chronicled the monarch's life. 



I had hoped that the Cambrigdes would make an appearance at a more informal, day-time event and wander about on green lawns and the like, but we had to settled for this evening stadium appearance. Something, as they say, is better than nothing. 



Kate wore a white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress and a red swing coat by Zara. The comparisons to maternity wear have already been made, and I can't say they aren't justified. Obviously, Kate is not trying to hid anything here, since we know she gets quite sick long before she starts to show, but the bulky silhouette certainly looks like something that would suit the Duchess around month five. Clearly Kate was paying tribute to the Windsor uniform:
The term Windsor uniform is the name of a type of dress worn by male members of the Royal Family (and very senior courtiers) at Windsor Castle. The uniform was introduced by George III in 1779. The full dress, which had a good deal of gold braid about it, did not survive beyond 1936, but the undress form is still worn today: a dark blue jacket with red facings. It is now worn only at Windsor Castle, and since the reign of King Edward VII has generally been worn only as evening dress (though Charles, Prince of Wales has worn a version of it as a riding coat).
Both Harry and William were sporting the traditional ensemble, and I love that Kate chose to echo the colors, but I wish she has chosen a different dress with which to do it.



Let's start with the dress. It is a white lace in a the peasant style that was very popular circa 2005. Kate has continued her obvious attraction to ruffles with this dress's thick hemline. The frock is over $5,000 from one of fashion's best known brands, but I can't help feeling that at the best of times this is just a little too fussy and a little too dated. It frankly makes me think of Charles Dickens' Miss Havisham, swathed in her lace curtains and stuck in the past as she broods alone in her deserted mansion.  Not a great association for youthful duchess. 



I am trying to think of a scenario in which I would like this dress. The midi length is in keeping with a number of Kate's recent choices and it is a length I have approved and found flattering, but where other pieces have excelled by staying trim and simple, this dress fails in attempting to be too much. 



To make matters worse, Kate paired this with a 60's style swing coat. Swing coats can be cutting edge chic or lightly disastrous and tonight's pairing regrettably veered toward the latter. To really pull off a swing coat, with its flaring silhouette, you need the rest of the ensemble to be simple and structured. 



This Zara coat is gorgeous on its own and would pair beautifully with skinny jeans are a pencil skirt. If you really wanted to live life on the dangerous side, you could put it with a full skirt in a simple pattern or color. Obviously the Dolce that burst out from beneath the jacket in a profusion of ruffled lace was...overwhelming. 




Kate was wearing her diamond chandelier drops borrowed from the Queen and she was carrying what appears to be her black Prada clutch debuted on tour. Both fit well with her color scheme an the event.



Verdict. This is a miss. The jacket is cute and would look great with her Zara crops or any number of simpler dresses or skirts, but paired with this frou-frou Dolce, I am shaking my head. I don't think the dress can win no matter the mix. The busy lace pattern in bland white, presented in this bunched and bulky style, is unlikely to ever garner an approving nod from yours truly. I hope we don't see this one again. That being said, she did match her husband and brother-in-law, both of whom were seated just a ways down from her, and any Kate appliance is a pleasure.

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104 comments:

  1. Ok maybe I am alone here. But I do not get the outfit. Totally confused. That jacket is cute but with a lace dress?

    Huh?

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    1. You're not alone, Diane. IMO, the dress is summery/daytime/formal while the jacket is wintery/casual.

      I did like the updo and earrings. Kate looked elegant and happy.

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    2. Oh dear! It is so bad it is something I might do as a complete non fashionista if I was caught out and cold and had to throw on a coat. So unusual for Kate to get this wrong. 😳😐😳😐😳
      Theresa Australia

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    3. Nope, not alone. With the exception of the dress (which I just don't like at all) the jacket, the hair, and the earrings were great - just not together.

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    4. Exactly!! Also I think this jacket is not Kates type. Love the dress alone though. When I saw the jacket on the model, Queen Maxima came into my mind. I think she could pull that jacket with this kind of pants http://www.hellomagazine.com/imagenes/royalty/2014111721959/queen-maxima-visits-father-argentina/0-115-669/queen%20maxima1--a.jpg or a skirt like this http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iZO3OGwLyaM/Vo8TlHxLFNI/AAAAAAAAUes/UcXuKG1j4Uw/s1600/Queen-Maxima-Natan-Dress-And-Skirt-Top-735282.jpg

      PS: Nice writing as usual Jane. I follow your blog daily :)

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    5. Also I think this old jacket would have been nicer on that white dress
      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Czkox5l1vE4/TjBg_n8wEuI/AAAAAAAAAK0/21gX67cuLLY/s640/wedding-kate-middleton-2010-charlie-savory-pink-blazer-jacket-lace-dress.jpg
      and I would love to see that jacket again! :)

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  2. Ok I commented before I read your post. Where it's not my!

    I am almost stunned. I love the jacket! I get the play with the William and Harry. But wow this is almost shocking to me.

    Total miss. What's up Kate?

    Hard to believe she didn't have anything else at all to wear to match the jacket?

    Meh...but happy to see her and the family! Sitting closer to the Queen than William and Harry.

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    1. Whew! Ugh autocorrect.

      Hope the Anon who blasted Jane's typos is not lurking about LOL

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  3. Fully agree with your assessment on tonight's clothes, certainly a rare miss for Kate. Particularly in that last photo though, it does appear that she has lightened up on the eyeliner, so perhaps the positive comments from the Vogue shoot on makeup have had an impact?

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  4. Agree 100%. How does this happen? She has so many lovely, appropriate things. Why would she choose this?

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  5. Alejandra RamírezMay 15, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    And this is why I love your blog!
    Your opinions are spot on! I read on another blog that it was a casual coat with a formal dress.
    I think I like the coat, the dress not so much :(
    I gasped at the price tag and I didn't like it (I'm not a 100% fan of white lace for starters) but the combination of both pieces was not ideal.
    She looked great and radiant, but still maybe a different coat would have been better.

    Still the event looked amazing! I hope to see it somtime! :D

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  6. I agree with Jane. I don't get this outfit at all. The very expensive  lace dress seems sort of "bridal" to me and not really right for an evening event unless the wearer IS a bride.. better for an afternoon garden party but it is kind of frilly/fussy even for that. And why wear a heavy inexpensive winterish jacket over it? Even if it wasn't a hard-to-wear swing style? I guess it could be cold there but it is mid-May. This look will start pregnancy rumours for sure. Plus the jacket sleeves look bracelet length at most so the dress sleeves show and not in a flattering way. I just don't understand...if Kate wanted to wear red to match Will' s red there were certainly some possible re-wears...HM is said to value being thrifty so it seems unlikely she would have been "insulted" by a repeat. I'd have preferred to see a silk shawl (red pattern would be OK) instead of the jacket if this dress HAD to be worn for some reason but I would have liked not to see this dress at all. Enough new lace dresses IMO. The jacket would have likely worked for the Vogue country photos though if left open and worn with jeans although peter pan collars aren't my personal favorite on adult women. Kate seems to like them though. The only thing that keeps this look from being a complete disaster IMO is having her hair up and wearing HM's earrings. So I guess the best I can say is it could have been worse.

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    1. Sonja from BavariaMay 16, 2016 at 3:42 AM

      I agree with almost everything you said, except for this dress being a bridal dress. For that, it had to be floor-length :)

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    2. The sleeves of the dress being longer than the jacket sleeves is one of the first things I noticed. Not a good look.

      This coat would look wonderful with a navy sheath in a very 1950's retro chic look.

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  7. I think the dress might have been lovely at a garden party.

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    1. Victoria, OregonMay 15, 2016 at 7:28 PM

      Exactly what I was thinking about the dress being perfect for the garden party. Maybe with a pastel colored satin ribbon belt and pretty matching hat and shoes? What do you think, Jane?

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  8. OH HONEY. Those were my first thoughts. It is exactly as others have articulated. A rather high-profile event and that's the best she can do? Neck up is fine. I do NOT like the coat or the dress..and I love lace. Casual coat, formal dress. I do not like them together. I appreciate the nod to the Windsor coat but surely she has other red or white that is formal. The earrings look out of place with the casualness of the coat. It's like she wore the dress to dinner and then slapped a coat on because it'll do and is practical for the evening. She's never worn that beautiful Walker from Canada (in red). That would have been a lovely choice if red was the goal. Or even bringing back the red McQueen as another opportunity for a repeat. Very unflattering miss, and quite frankly..confusing.

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  9. Oh my, I agree with everyone. A heavy, mordern looking RED coat with a white lace dress. AND diamond, chandelier earrings. What the heck was she thinking. Would love to know what shoes she's wearing. Very rare miss for Kate.

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  10. I am also stunned. What a terrible pairing. I actually don't like any of the two pieces. At all!!

    Lucia

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  11. I am disappointed on a few things first the dress. I think she was trying to match William & Harry. I liked the coat. The dress you can not see much but the bottom of it. So I don't know why all the negative comments. It would be different if she removed it.
    I am very disappointed that Kate and William were not seating closer together. If they were going boy girl boy girl, he could still have been closer to her. In a few photos it does not look like the boys were having a good time. They were missing Kate...lol
    I did love it that Kate was front and center, close to the Queen.

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  12. I miss indeed! Looks like Kate has had a touch of botox too.....

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  13. Her look tonight reminds me of what we would see a little girl in the states wear on Easter Sunday--a pretty but froofy dress with an unmatching warm jacket thrown over the top because it's just too cold without it yet. :/

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    1. Perfect description, Sarah!

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    2. Sara from CanadaMay 16, 2016 at 12:08 AM

      That's exactly what I thought Sarah! My first thought was that this look reminded me of how I used to dress up for Sunday church in a frou frou dress and a bulky jacket! It reminded me of a classic "Sunday School" look that a little girl would sport:)
      Also, Jane, thank-you for your candid opinion. I am amazed how often your generously you give praise, so I especially take note when you call a spade a spade.

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    3. Sonja from BavariaMay 16, 2016 at 3:40 AM

      Totally agree, it also reminded me of a nice dress for church for Easter, a baptism, pentecost, a wedding, etc when it is still too cold outside so the little girl had to wear a bulky jacket over it.

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  14. My first thought when I saw photos from today: "Kate is wearing a bed jacket!". For those of you not familiar with that item of clothing, do a google image search :)
    I think this is not a good look at all. I don't like the jacket or the dress and certainly not the jacket and dress together.
    I like her earrings and hair up.

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    1. I googled, and is it bad that now I want a bed jacket of my very own? They seem very 60s to me, like a less-dowdy version of a housecoat. Haha!
      That said, I like Kate's jacket but not for this dress. Echoing others, it would have been better over a more structured casual ensemble.
      -TMM

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    2. That made me smile, Anon 8:56. Good luck with the search :)
      I guess a bed jacket is the shorter version of a house coat?

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    3. I think of bed jackets as short versions not of housecoats but dressing gowns to be worn, obviously, in bed (in order to be comfortablè and look "dressed up" from the waist up when covered waist down by blankets etc.) Women used to wear them when hospital stays and complete bed rest were both longer after childbirth and also when bed rest was prescribed as "the treatment" when ill. In either case,  visits from family and close friends would be likely. You see them in 1940s/1950s era movies and TV shows (think I Love Lucy and It's a Wonderful Life ) This does have that flavor!

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    4. I actually have a retro bed jacket and I love it! I sit up and read late at night (while my husband snores away next to me - poor guy) and I wear my bed jacket to keep my upper half warm. Far better than trying to get my bulky robe under the covers.

      Kate's jacket is actually, as Jane said, a swing coat. I love them but the combo with the not-very-attractive lace dress was a mistake.

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  15. Oh yes, this look is a completely confusing mess. I can't find anything good to say, except Catherine seemed to genuinely enjoy the event, and it's not about her anyway - this was a spectacular event to honour the life of HM the Queen. But please, never again with these pieces together. The red jacket is ok but that dress is simply not.

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  16. I think we should give the girl the benefit of the doubt, pending more information.
    The men are in black tie-tuxes. The Queen is wesring lace. Isn't it at least possible
    there was some sort of private family celebration at Windsor following? Why make a round trip back to KP
    to change?
    The air may have proved nippier than anticipated.. The coat coukd be borrowed from Sophie or another
    who lives on the grounds. for all we know.
    Her hair was lovely and she was glowing and beautiful. She was sitting next to the Duke
    of E., who obviously was enjoying her company.
    Honestly-the only thing that shocked me was how fast fans jumped on the "meh" bandwagon

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    1. Other posts have mentioned that this might have been a last moment add on coat. I have to agree that I think the planned outfit might have just been the dress and shawl or maybe another coat that did not work or arrive in time and she had to use what was in her closet. It does look very much like what any of us might grab when dressed up and headed out and discovering whoops it is cold, is a coat handy?

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    2. That's what I thought. Dress for extended family dinner (maybe) and the shawl if it got chilly. Last night got decidedly chilly---even very cold, note that the Duke of Edinburgh was in his overcoat.
      I hardly dare admit, that I have this coat, which i have been wearing with trousers and looks great.
      Most of the time she was sitting down and we couldn't see the dress. I thought she looked sparkling and beautiful, seated between the Duke of Edinburgh and the Margrave of Hesse.

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    3. 11:37- I'm one of those "other post" commenters. ha! I don't think she left KP in this combination. The black wrap she had in hand was the plan, as I said elsewhere.It is much too large to be just a scarf,as was suggested there.The red coat
      could have been loaned by someone who lives on the grounds. Heck, I think I've seen it on Princess Anne. Or Sophie comes to mind. She lives close by. Somehow, I don't think the Queen wears Zara-although, she does dress country casual at Windsor and that red would be perky on her.


      Actually,I hope that it is her own jacket left at Windsor at some point, as I think it is very attractive and I'd
      like to see it again on Kate. Jean, I bet you look smashing in it!

      There is no way HM would invite all that family-and the King of Bahrain sitting between her and Camilla- without feeding them or at least having a reception.
      That explains the lace. Perhaps a commemorative group photo. Everyone in that box is in black-tie attire.

      ps don't think I will continue commenting on that other site as there seems to be
      some security issues-perhaps extended tracking software. Besides, the Kate hecklers are back in full force. Makes for a very unpleasant experience.

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    4. I'm with you Anon. She didn't look terrible and there is no way of knowing what went into her choices for this event. I thought she looked great. You could barely see the dress (and the whole effect not at all). The red really popped and I thought was a lovely color on her.

      What irritates me in the comments department is the speculation about botox. I find that whole thing very unsettling. I guess it's the body shaming thing. Why jump to the conclusion she is using botox? There are a lot of remedies available for smoothing out wrinkles and I just don't think it's at all necessary to discuss it. Makes me cringe. Just my opinion.

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    5. Agree about the botox speculation. See my comment below.
      Again-lighting, camera angles,-a decent night's sleep etc.

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  17. Really? Seriously? No. I blame this on Pippa. Isn't it a sister's responsibility to stop their siblings from making this type of fashion faux pas. Jane ...I agree with you on everything including the dress. I was dreading a repeat...and now I am wishing she had.

    Huge Kate fan and often times although I might not like what she wears I have never thought it was a fashion mistake. This most certainly is.

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  18. Maybe the queen awarded her the FO tonight... Maybe a formal group photo.

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  19. Yeah, I agree with most everyone. Great event, really really bad outfit. I'm shocked actually. She is clearly mismatched and this is such a high profile engagement.

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  20. That's not a swing coat. Swing coats are much longer and have a lot of movement to them.

    My favorite is the dress cuffs sticking out of the coat, a lot. Oh my. Are there no mirrors anymore at KP?

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  21. Ok I agree that this combo does not look at all like what we would expect from public Kate...but she does look beautiful and cosy and comfortable - which is a very appealing look! Huggable and queenly at the same time - Channelling a young Catelyn Stark? We all know she's slender as a reed so she can confidently wear a looser sillouette to mix things up. Maybe she was feeling chilled and a bit off and couldn't bear putting on anything tight or not warm, so a soft lace, midi dres with a high waist (looks like it would hit her at the bottom of her rib cage) plus a strong pop of colour to envelop her was just exactly what she needed to get out of the house to this must-not-miss event. And her red and white ski ensemble in this year's family pictures really sold me on that colour combination.

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  22. I loved the look, it was tribute not only to Windsor but also the Queen. I think above all, she was comfortable. On a cold night, for a 90 minute show, she had to wear something protective from nature. Even if you don't love it, one should respect her for mixing it up.

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  23. Kate had the most "senior" seat in the house! Do you think Phillip requested Kate next to him? Her seat is better than any Windsor, and even Camilla is a seat down from the Queen.

    I still think the Queen must have gifted those earrings to Kate.

    ~ A

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    1. I wonder about the seating also:) ali

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    2. Sonja from BavariaMay 16, 2016 at 7:16 AM

      I have noticed several times that Prince Philip and Kate seem to get along very well and really have fun together. Maybe it is because Philip knew Kate's grandfather? He passed away a few years ago but in the 60s or so, I think he was Philip's co-pilot in South america for a few weeks?

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    3. I noticed the seating as well - quite the honor. Just wish Wills would have been next to her.

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    4. There were guests of honour and that is why there was split seating. I am sure Kate and Phillip get on because they like and respect each other and not only because of past connections.

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    5. I think they both get on well. If you think of it, they are very similar. They both married a senior royal where they knew their aspirations would be lower priority and they had to be very self-sacrificing. Phillip is a great example for Kate of steadfast, loving commitment.

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  24. This outfit looks too comfortable. Minus the hair and make up, it looks like a night gown with fleece jacket you would wear for a stay-in Saturday night!

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    1. Yes, Anon...With bunny slippers too.

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  25. You show earlier and earlier with each subsequent pregnancy. Maybe she's trying to hide something, maybe not. She *did* get pregnant with Charlotte around the time George turned a year old (and she knows by now to start taking meds early). We'll see!

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  26. The jacket would be nice with a pair of skinny jeans, but this dress would have been better matched with a pashmina.
    Did anyone else notice the expression of the guy behind Kate in the first picture???

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    1. Carmen, The NetherlandsMay 16, 2016 at 2:39 AM

      No I didn't notice it, but that is really funny :)

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    2. I believe that's the Duke of Kent.
      11:10, she is carrying an apparent pashima/shawl, which I believe was the intended wrap.

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    3. I seem to have confused a shawl type with a kind of sushi.
      anon 9:42

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  27. I don't particularly care for this pairing, but I do think that Kate at least made an effort to look bright and formal, with her hair and jewelry. My goodness, some of the ladies around her look like they just stopped off on their way home from a hike or something. Lady Sarah Chatto looks dreadful. It doesn't even look like she brushed her hair. And Beatrice looks like she's texting or something. In that group of ladies, the Queen, Kate and Camilla at last look like they thought they were going somewhere special. The men certainly got the memo though. Phillip, Harry, Charles, and William look fabulous.

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  28. Mostly Catherine is sitting and the coat looks great. To Anon 8:55; I have a navy swing coat and it is exactly the same length. Swing coats can be any length from hip to tea length. And, I covet the lace dress.

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  29. A definite miss for me.As you said Jane the dress is a bit too fussy and is reminiscent of a wedding gown and the jacket too bulky.

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  30. I counted at least 3 typos in this post. I love your blog and hope for your sake the work you submit to law school is proofread better than your blog.

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    1. Only three? I think that might be a record for me.
      I don't know if you actually love the blog or not, but frankly your comment is needlessly rude and for your sake I hope that you have a little more tact in the real world. But, to put your mind at ease, the work I submit to law school is generally not written in the few hours I can steal from study, family time, or rest as are the majority of my blog posts in these increasingly hectic days.
      Some of my lovely readers will email me alerting me to very glaring typos and I appreciate those discreet and always helpful corrections. Please feel free to follow suit.

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    2. Anonymous 2.11 that was very uncalled for dear. Jane does more than most would given her limited time. I don't care if she posts in pig Latin or code because it's always a thrill to see a new blog.

      At any rate it's never good to be rude even when one is perhaps holding a red pen in hand and looking for errors?

      Thank Jane for all you do and don't worry one bit about a typo!

      Have a wonderful week!

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    3. I agree with Jane. You needn't be rude! Clearly there's a big difference between standards of school paper versus a fun blog! If it bothers you that much, don't read it! The typos do nothing to take away the message of each post so let it go, pls, for your sake.

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    4. Sonja from BavariaMay 16, 2016 at 7:14 AM

      Anon, this comment was very rude. Jane does her best to write this blog and surprise us with her thoughtful and great posts about Kate while she is v busy with her schoolwork.
      Jane, just to let you know, I and I'm sure everybody else, really appreciates all the hatd work you put into this blog and only wish you the very best in law school. We are so thankful that you still find time to write about Kate! :)

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    5. I think the fact that Jane published such a criticism sets her above the usual
      bloggers,who will not publish personal criticism ( don't ask me how I know this)-that rule does not apply to blatant and rude remarks about Kate, however.

      I've said it before, Jane- your posts are worth waiting for and anyway- Counting Typos? Who does that? Although I have mentioned a typo in your heading in a
      comment, I was concerned it would appear in search engines like that. Hopefully, I was
      tactful. I don't know why e-mail didn't occur to me.


      I think I would be tempted to block that person from commenting. I trust 2:11 is
      properly shamed now.

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    6. Just echoing everyone else's support for you, Jane. Seriously, unless a typo changes the meaning of what is written there seems to be no reason to point them out at all. I'm sure 2:11 is perfect always.

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    7. Jane, just consider all the unnecessary and unkind comments about Kate that are posted all over the internet. You're in good company!! Success can be such an irritant. ;)

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    8. Jane..Your response was professional, mature and on point. Far better than mine would have been which likely would have included some choice 4 letter words.

      Seriously...Jane does this on her own time with absolutely no compensation from any of us. I don't think we are in any position to judge the quality of her work. If you don't like it...don't read it.

      Jane does not tolerate hurtful or disrespectful comments. 2:11...I think you will find her readers will not tolerate rude and petty comments directed at Jane.

      Jane ...Once again thank you for your great work.

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    9. At Anon 2:11-I echo what everyone above me said.What you wrote was uncalled for.

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  31. Carmen, The NetherlandsMay 16, 2016 at 2:37 AM

    I like the dress and I also like the coat, but the two of them together just don't work. She still looks beautiful though :)

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  32. Sonja from BavariaMay 16, 2016 at 3:30 AM

    The coat is gorgeous. And I also like the dress. But together? No way!

    The coat would be great with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt and booties or heels to visit one of her patronages. Maybe even with a black sheath dress for this occasion. But NOT with the white dress! The sleeves are too short so you can still see the white dress peeking out (no-go!) And the silhouette is just too ... loose and heavy for the dress.
    The dress can be pretty, maybe if it was styled with wedges and a slim, tailored blazer with long sleeves?
    Just my two cents.

    But the hood news: I like her hairstyle, she looks so pretty with an updo and these earrings are stunning. I'm sure Kate had lots of fun sitting next to Prince Philip and Prince Donatus of Hesse ( and the two gentlemen hopefully were polite enough to not chat in German over Kate's head, but I am sure they were ;) )

    But it was great to see Kate with so many senior royals and I hope we will see that trend continue :)

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  33. Totally agree with your comments, Jane, and others above. When I was watching this live, I assumed Kate was wearing a sheath dress. Even then, I was a bit confused about why she was pairing that with this red coat but now that I know what the entire dress looked likes, I sort of can't believe this happened. I'm not at all in love with the dress but I could (kind of) see how it might be cute in some instances, although I also think the Ms Havisham comparison is quite correct. Given that she carried a black bag, I bet she wore on of her pairs of black heels which to me, would make this whole ensemble even worse.

    In all honesty, this outfit, to me, falls into a pattern of Kate sometimes really mixing weird things together. The prime example of this is when she went to William's cousin's wedding wearing the beautiful Jenny Packham (I wish we'd see it again!) floral dress, with her Katherine Hooker coat from the Order of the Garter and her cappuccino coloured hat. All beautiful pieces individually but they just did not work together. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2156840/Kate-Middleton-looks-demure-William-attend-wedding-Princess-Dianas-niece.html).

    Another instance when this happened was the Jenny Packham skirt, hobbs top and leather McQueen belt (http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/style/537623/Pregnant-Kate-Middleton-Hobbs-top-Jenny-Packham-skirt).

    So for me, this fits into a wider pattern where Kate sometimes just mixes funny things together and I'm not totally sure why...I'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts on this point.

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    1. That's a great observation, and one that I agree with. I feel that Kate is not a natural "fashionista" a la the Alexa Chungs and the Poppy Delevignes of the world; rather that she has fallen into this role because of her circumstances. Her natural preferences are simple, elegant...and yes, she likes to look good (which woman does not?)...but good in an easy way (nice figure hugging dress, a little skin here and there, complicated updos, and effortless makeup, towering heels). She has definitely been schooled in how to dress for the camera. She follows this quite assiduously and 95% of the time gets in right. However, every once in a while she slips back into old patterns. Who knows...maybe the kids were giving her a lot of trouble before she left home; or perhaps the original coat she was meant to wear got an accidental spill or rip...and this coat was a last minute replacement which she picked without having much time to think would what work.

      It is an awkward pairing; and one she will not repeat again once she sees the photos.

      Re botox comments...yes she has had something done. The area around her temples look lifted. She had it done above the forehead for the India tour and looked radiant. Tonight the fillers looked overdone and somehow off. No judegment on the fillers btw...she is public figure and if she needs to use things here and there to look the part, she should go for it! I do think it didn't look quite right though. A bit Khloe Kardashian in my view (Sorry Kate!).

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    2. Sonja from BavariaMay 16, 2016 at 7:10 AM

      I liked the Hobbs/Jenny P combo, but I totally agree on the outfit for the wedding. I couldn't believe that she had combined those items!
      I guess everyone has a fashion miss once in a while, but if you are one of the most photographed women in the world, it is MUCH worse than for me or you because everybody will see the photos and comments on the frontpages (even though they are not necessarily meant mean) :(

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    3. I really agree with your analysis about Kate not being a natural fashionista, Anonymous 5:33AM - you can also really see it when you look back on some of her pre-wedding outfits. This doesn't mean Kate doesn't wear great clothes but I do think that there is an element of guidance involved and she sometimes veers wrong in her pairings of pieces in a way that someone like Charlotte Casiraghi or Princess Letizia probably wouldn't.

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    4. anon 5:33- your comment has left me speechless-nearly.
      I assume your are, in reality, her beautician, her physician, her best friend ( actually,that's WIlliam) or her mother. Otherwise...

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    5. I also really agree that Kate has a penchant for mixing pieces in an unexpected and not always successful way. Typically either the shades don't match and detract from the overall look or the styling is dated (the Erdem ruffle dress as a prime example - imagine it with a low chignon and a red lip and simple, statement stud earrings). Still love her and still pull inspiration from her clothes though.

      The pearl clutching about a few offhand comments about Botox is so silly to me. You're at a blog that comments on her clothing - why is her skin routine so much different? Who cares if she does and who cares if she doesn't avail herself to those options? To each her own! If your argument is that the topic is outside of polite conversation I'd point out that the last time I wrote a comment about the outfit of one was my friends was NEVER. We're indulging in a hobby, in good spirit.

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  34. I have read several comments that suggest Kate may be reaching for Botox - how sad if that is the case. She is only in her mid thirties - if you start cosmetic assistance that young, it is very difficult to not be quite plastic looking 20 years later. She is a beautiful woman. She could wear the inevitable wrinkles that come with great elegance. Look how beautiful the Queen is at 90 - and I would wager with no cosmetic intervention... I am not bashing those who reach for assistance - nor judging- just making an observation that we women are beautiful as we move through our lives and I wish more people would point that out..

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    1. I don't know where the Botox claims come from. As we know, Kate is very particular about what she eats and keeps to a fairly organic diet. I cannot imagine her putting Botox in her body.

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    2. I do not know where the botox noise is coming from either. First who cares? Second I see nothing in the photos over the last several months to suggest anything at all. Which does not mean a no but certainly nothing jumps out at me.

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  35. I honestly feel as though she had an outfit planned and then it was colder than expected and she picked up the first jacket she could find. The sort of thing I find myself doing and then suddenly the whole effect is out.

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    1. I completely agree that this combo was not planned. The black wrap was meant to be for warmth but wasn't enough so she added a coat (and kept the wrap as well). Since she was sitting down for the most part, she probably wasn't overly bothered that the combo might be a bit odd.

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  36. The Duchess looked radeint, hair and make up lovely, earrings fab, but the outfit is a total miss.
    Presume a family event was held in Windsor prior to the show , allowing for that the D&G dress is like a communion or confirmation outfit, wrong shape and colour. The coat with skinny jeans or pencil skirt would work fine. If she wanted to complement W & Hs windsor dress surely a navy or black sheath dress would look better.

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  37. Jennifer from the SouthMay 16, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    I admit, I did a double take when I first saw the pictures, initially thinking they were old ones I had somehow missed from one of her pregnancies.

    But, no, it was just from last night.

    I actually really like the white dress, and think it could look great on Kate - but with different hair (which really added to the old-fashioned-ness of the look), and NOT with that coat.

    I also love the coat - it would be great on Kate with some cigarette pants and a fitted shirt, and some chic flats.

    This look, though, was an overall miss - but I may forgive her anything if she keeps trotting out those gorgeous earrings!

    Does anyone else think that they aren't really "borrowed" from the Queen and were in fact a wedding present?

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    1. I also think those earring may actually have been gifted to Kate. They seem to be a favorite and, if not a gift, then maybe a permanent loan.

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  38. Wow a real miss from the Duchess - the coat is shapeless, it's kind of hard to see how it would flatter in any circumstances, it's like one I picked up in primark a few years ago and swiftly resigned to the back of my wardrobe -it looks cheap and badly made! - the sleeves are too short and it's just all wrong - the dress seems really pretty but she had so many more options she could have worn this evening - hopefully things will improve from hereonin!

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    1. Actually, the sleeves on a swing coat are usually "bracelet length" so they're not too short but can be made to look so when you let sleeves underneath show.

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  39. She looked terrible I'm sorry. Rumor on the street is that she threw the coat on because it was cold. This most likely means she was going to wear that white dress on it's own, which is a terrible choice for this event. I just don't get what she was thinking. She was saved by the coat, she at least sort of matches everyone else, but she could have put a better outfit together, I think this is her biggest fashion fail to date.

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    1. I am sure there is some protocol but at many functions spouses are often not sat together.

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    2. Just spreading the family amongst the guests, I would imagine.

      Right about spouses not being seated together. The idea is to spark conversations
      and provide interesting dinner partners. Spouses don't often qualify. ha!
      William and Catherine seem to be a rare married couple that still seems utterly intrigued with each other, however.
      I've already indicated my willingness to serve as Charles' dinner partner. I think
      he would be a fascinating conversationalist, if only one could convince him to spit out the marbles.

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    3. Agreed Anon. The marbles would have to go. Personally, as much as I'd love to go to one of these and sit next to almost anyone of them, I have to say I wouldn't want to sit next to Prince Andrew. I don't think I could bear it. I don't think nearly as much of him as he does.

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    4. Ari
      I am not a fan of lace dresses but to me the dress was appropriate for the event. Camilla was in a cream or white dress, the Queens coat had what looked like a lace overlay, many of the men were in tux's. I agree that watching the show was probably part of a longer evening that involved cocktails ad/or dinner and perhaps a reception after with guests and maybe performers. Agree that I think the coat was a throw on, not planned but it worked just fine.

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    5. Jane in Canada-Andrew:-Ha! the song, "If you can't be near the one you love, be the one you love."
      (massively para-phrased)
      Well, any of the Yorks, really. Except maybe Sarah. She seems interesting.
      Just a personal preference.
      Princess Alexandra would be my pick for a dinner partner. A male- Harry, of course, or a marble-free Charles.

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  40. I can't remember when I've seen her in something that was such a huge miss. I'm with you, Jane, I don't want to see this dress again. I love the coat but not paired with this dress. The coat is too casual for the D&G lace and diamond earrings. I hope we see it again paired with something more appropriate. I have no idea what D&G were even thinking with that ruffle.

    On a side note - why did they seat William so far away from her. I'm sure there is some sort of protocol involved but we didn't even get some cute W&K moments to go along with this fashion faux pas.

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  41. I don't know this for sure Robin but I assume closer family members like W&K&H (close not just to HM but to Charles and Camilla who hosted this event) were expected to help entertain other honored guests rather than simply chatting among themselves the way they are perfectly free to do at say, a sporting event. And if so, that's why they were spread out and not seated together. 

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    1. lizzie agree with you on this.

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    2. That actually makes perfect sense, lizzie. I think it's quite the vote of confidence from HM to have Kate in such an area of prominence. She has obviously proven her ability to represent the family quite well. William must be so proud of her.

      Then there's Beatrice and her ever present phone. So rude when she knows she is near her grandmother at a celebration where diplomatic guests are present.

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    3. I agree, Lizzie. I think you nailed it.

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  42. Oh my! No matter where Kate wore this dress, it would be awful. The ruffle is ridiculous. Anyone who paid $5000.00 for this dress should have their head examined.
    Kate was well aware of whatever the engagement consisted of (photos, cocktails etc)and should have dressed accordingly..another words, for the entire evening. If the clutch was black (which I did not notice) I cannot even imagine black shoes with this, unless, by some stroke of luck, it might have been those cute black straps she wore on the recent trip. The black pashmina would at least have had some relation to the outfit and would have had to suffice in keeping her warm. Or, check the weather and plan accordingly. Kate, you are the most watched woman in the world, you have the means and the connections....please, please, please get yourself a stylist who knows what they're doing, no one will hold it against you.

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  43. Maybe this is Kate's way of going punk;)
    Didn't like the look at all, but when she gambles, there's normally a silver lining. This time it's the earrings.
    Girl loves her some lace, for better or worse.

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  44. Add my voice to those who didn't like this. But then I guess what is important is did Kate like it? This is one outfit I hope is not on repeat in the future.

    In a separate observation....doesn't Prince Phillip look quite frail here. He usually looks so vigorous for his age that his appearance here is somewhat alarming.

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  45. I like it. It's not glamorous, it's an outdoor spring formal evening (whew!) outfit. She's not the star of the evening so she can dress comfortably and less made up. There's something sweet about the outfit, like a little girl got dressed up for the night in her best dress but she got tired and cold so her mother threw on her red jacket.

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